Awards 2018

Pinellas Park Fire Department 2018 Awards Matthew Beighey - 2018 Paramedic of the Year Firefighter/Paramedic Matthew Beighey joined the Pinellas Park Fire Department in 2016 and in just a few short years, has proven himself an invaluable asset to this department and the Pinellas Park community. In 2018 Matthew became a Field Training Officer (FTO), Hazard Materials Technician and Hazardous Materials Paramedic. As an EMS Preceptor he is responsible for evaluating and mentoring paramedic and EMT students from St. Petersburg College and Manatee Tech during their field internships. In addition to his work with students, Matthew extends his positive influence to the department’s newer paramedics by taking the extra time each shift to review medical protocol and equipment. As a CPR Instructor, he helped increase our community outreach efforts by teaching CPR to over 1,000 people last year. His positive attitude, patient advocacy and caring demeanor are just a few of the many qualities that make Matthew Beighey our choice for 2018 Paramedic of the Year. Chris Hammett – Firefighter of the Year Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Hammett joined the Pinellas Park Fire Department in 2015 and quickly established himself as someone who could be counted on to go the extra mile in all aspects of his job. Last year as Hurricane Irma threatened Florida, Chris was part of a team of personnel who helped board up the homes of firefighters who were on shift - making sure their families were prepared. As a paramedic on one of the busiest rescue units in the city, Chris consistently displays a positive attitude on each call, no matter the time of day or night. During his shift, he uses his down-time to mentor and educate new students in the EMS program. As a lead CME Instructor, Chris exhibits strong leadership when providing continued education to other professionals in the field of EMS. Chris leads the fire department’s peer support training which is a testament to the trust his fellow firefighters have placed in him and his ability to talk through and support them during difficult times. The genuine care demonstrated for his coworkers and the people of this community are just a few of the reasons we have chosen Chris Hammett as our 2018 Firefighter of the Year. Truck 33/B-Shift Crew – Employee of the Year Pinellas Park Fire Department bestowed Employee of the Year honors to the crew of Truck 33/BShift - Lt. Tim Brooke, Firefighter/EMT Chris Sagan, and Firefighter/EMT Matt Oyer - for their exemplary actions on an early morning residential structure fire. On May 11, 2018 Truck 33 was first to arrive at the 5am fire and immediately learned that an elderly woman was trapped inside the home. As Oyer pulled an attack line, Brooke and Sagan entered the structure to attempt a search and rescue. Once inside, they found two additional people - disoriented from smoke inhalation - who had re-entered the home to save the woman and her pets. Brooke and Sagan brought the two people out and then quickly returned to the structure to find the elderly occupant. Brooke had responded to this house previously and remembered the layout which helped them locate and rescue the victim. Oyer brought the attack line to the front of the structure, charged the line, and initiated basic first aid until additional resources arrived. Due to the quick actions and decision making of the entire crew, the situation was quickly brought under control with all lives saved – 3 people and 14 pets in all. We applaud the teamwork and dedication of Lt. Brooke, Firefighter Oyer, and Firefighter Sagan to the Pinellas Park community. We are proud to announce Truck 33/B-Shift as the recipient of the 2018 Pinellas Park Fire Department Employee of the Year award.